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Are CT scans harmful to your kidneys?

Exposure to contrast dye commonly used in x-ray procedures such as angiograms and CT scans can be harmful to kidney function. Sometimes the dye can cause serious problems in the kidneys. This is known as contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN). CIN is a rare complication and may be preventable, but it’s important to discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor before the procedure.

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